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Lightning Bugs

Family Lampyridae - Fireflies

Identifying characteristics-Lightning bugs or fireflies  are soft-bodied beetles, up to 3/4 inch long. The first segment of the thorax hides the head from above. Many larger members have light-producing organs on the end of the abdomen. Most smaller species do not.  The larvae are flattened, have toothed edges, and may also glow. This glowing is used to attract a mate.

Biology-The adults do not feed much.  They may snack on pollen or nectar.  The familiar flashing of  lightning bugs you see is the  female signaling at flying males.  The males are flash back, try to find the right species females.

The larva are the true predators,  living in the soil they prey on insects, slugs, and snails.

 

 Lightning Bugs Mating

 

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Lightning Bug Larva

 

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